Ninth House (Alex Stern #1), by Leigh Bardugo


5 “Mors irrumat omnia. Death fucks us all.” stars!!!


Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Hardcover, 459 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Flatiron Books
Original Title
Ninth House
1250313074 (ISBN13: 9781250313072)

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.


My Review…

I could not be more thrilled to have  Leigh Bardugo book back in my hands.  She can craft a story like very few other authors can, I really adore her writing style and world building.  This story did start off a little slower than most her other stories, but I think that the slow set up was well worth the wait in the end.

Galaxy aka Alex was just the type of character you weren’t sure if you were supposed to love or despise.  Personally I adored her tough chick attitude that she was trying to hide behind a new facade.  This new magical world that secret world we are brought into is quite a twisted society that she maybe thought she left behind in the real world.  Alex was exactly the type of character you want in book or on TV screen kicking in doors and not taking NO for an answer.  It was nice seeing how even though she might go head first into things she was slowly winning over some people that originally weren’t on her side.

I  loved the side characters as always, I would love to see more of some of them in the second book. Darling wasn’t really a side character but I didn’t feel he was a super main character either.  I did however completely fall madly in love with him in every chapter he was in.  So I absolutely want him in every chapter of the next book.  I would love to delve more into the Grays if we could.  I was really enthralled with the ending and just wanted book two immediately.  So if we could a release date on that it would be great.




“What happens if you guys miss a year?” Alex had asked when Darlington first showed her how the library worked. 

“It happened in 1928.”


“All of the books from the collection crowded into the library at once and the floor collapsed on Chester Vance, Oculus.”

“Jesus that’s horrible.”

“I don’t know,” Darlington had said meditatively. “Suffocating beneath a pile of books seems an appropriate way to go for a research assistant.”



About the Author…

Leigh BardugoLeigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019) which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for her newsletter.

One thought on “Ninth House (Alex Stern #1), by Leigh Bardugo

  1. I was excited to see you enjoyed this one! I have read a few negative reviews on it. I have only read her Six of Crows duology, but someday I hope to read more by her.
    Great review!


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